The couple was engaged for a year but didn’t start planning the wedding until three months before the wedding day. “We procrastinated,” admitted Ramandeep. Fortunately for the couple, Ramandeep’s sister, Amarpreet Mann, took a leadership role in planning the seven-day wedding celebration, filled with parties every evening, plus a Sikh ceremony and wedding reception for 950 guests!
“The Sikh ceremony is always the same,” explains Ramandeep. Though the actual religious ceremony lasts only about 45 minutes, many more elements surround it, so the entire celebration takes about three hours. “Indian weddings are family affairs,” says Ramandeep. “They focus on the two families coming together; they don’t necessarily portray anything about our relationship.”
Following the morning ceremony were several more steps in the traditional celebrations, steps that involved family members — primarily both mothers. Finally, the bride and groom changed into their reception different attire to prepare to attend their evening wedding reception.
The couple’s friends and family members came from around the United States and Canada to participate in the seven-day celebration. “I had a lot of fun talking to relatives I don’t see often,” says Ramandeep. “I made a lot of great friends, despite getting only about six hours of sleep the entire week. If the celebration was in India, it would have gone on for two weeks.”
“This was a major wedding in Seattle, as far as the Indian community goes,” explains Ramandeep. “We wanted to make it pop, blow people away, make a statement.”
Thinking about their slow start in planning their wedding, Ramandeep advises, “Start planning early and be organized.” He also advises couples to have fun and enjoy the process.
Gurpreet is a wealth management analyst, and Ramandeep is a business owner. They make their home in Burien.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Seattle Dream Productions
CEREMONY: Gurudwara Singh Sabha of Washington
RECEPTION: Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
CAKE: Celebrity Cake Studio
RECEPTION DÉCOR: Universal Décor Events
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